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We know that American Airlines is below expected credit card signups this year.
Their 8-K filing with the SEC didn’t tell us whether that was on the Citibank side or the Barclaycard side, since American has two credit card issuers. But since Barclaycard only started adding cardmembers in mid-December it was a good guess that Citi applications were a driver.
They responded by offering the biggest publicly available signup bonus I’ve seen for their standard cards.
The Barclaycard AAdvantage® Aviator™ Red World Elite Mastercard® increased its signup bonus as well from 40,000 miles to 50,000 miles. That requires only paying the annual fee and making a purchase, not minimum spend.
What was curious though is that I hadn’t seen an increased offer for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®, American’s premium card that comes with club lounge membership.
That’s a $450 annual fee card, comes with American Admirals Club membership (and access to American Airlines clubs for up to 10 no additional fee authorized cardmembers as well) and where $40,000 spend on purchases that post to your account during a calendar year earns 10,000 elite qualifying miles.
However I was in the New York JFK Admirals Club last night and saw an offer being promoted for 75,000 miles after spending $7,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
I don’t think these are super cards for your ongoing spending, but they’re all great for the signup bonus, and they can make sense to keep if you fly American Airlines a reasonable amount.